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Poster: k1nDofBluE2749 Date: May 10, 2010 10:17pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939)

Hi everybody
Can someone tell me if MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON is public domain? Megaupload has an AVI of it at http://www.megaupload.com/?d=NIIVEY2F and it is supposedly PD, I just want to make sure. If it is, should I upload the avi?

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Poster: Moongleam Date: May 11, 2010 3:24am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939)

In the renewals for the 2nd half of 1967, I found

MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, a photo-
play In thirteen reels by Columbia
Pictures Corp. (C) 100ct39; LP9164.
Columbia Pictures Corp. (PWH);
&Sep6->; R417061.

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Poster: k1nDofBluE2749 Date: May 11, 2010 4:15pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939)

"Photoplay"? Okay I guess that must be it. Oh well.

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Poster: Fact_Checker Date: Sep 8, 2014 8:10pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939)

This answer apparently went unseen (or was deliberately ignored) by the party who uploaded the movie to Internet Archive at https://archive.org/details/MrSmithGoesToWashington1939480x360

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Poster: PDpolice Date: Sep 9, 2014 1:52am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: MR. SMITH GOES TO MY PC

Thanks for the great tip, faxy. If not for your post I would have missed this upload of a great film that has finally gone into the public domain.

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Poster: Fact_Checker Date: Sep 10, 2014 5:45am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939)

A copyright renewal made in 1967 on a 1939 American work (see Moongleam's post dated May 11, 2010) would be valid through 2034. "PDpolice," I don't know what point you were trying to make by writing of "a great film that has finally gone into the public domain," but seeing as currently it is 2014, this specific film is just as much under copyright now as it was in 1968, when the renewal term began. Anyone who claims otherwise (a) is pretending, (b) is ignorant of the basic rules governing the lengths of copyright terms, or (c) can't do basic math.